This collection of resources provide challenges for children to design, make and improve. They link to aspects of D&T and provide a nice context for science learning.  They also encourages problem solving, perseverance, creativity, cooperation and spatial thinking. A list of equipment needed  is also supplied within the resource, though children could try to create a similar structure with materials available to them.

This resource has been provided by IMechE, (the Institute of Mechanical Engineers).




Lighthouse challenge

This video explains a short STEM activity, which provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their teamwork skills and their understanding of materials and structures by building a simple lighthouse. Pupils will be able to apply their design, making and evaluation skills as well as their understanding of...

Flying dragon

This activity provides pupils with the opportunity to explore the overlap between art and engineering. Pupils can work individually or as part of a team to design and build a moving model of a flying dragon. Pupils will learn what a crank is and how they work, how to measure the forces of a crank and how to build...

CD racer

This activity provides pupils with the opportunity to learn about speed and acceleration. Pupils can work as part of a team or individually to design and build a moveable object out of everyday items, which they will showcase in a final race session. Through this activity, pupils will learn about the impact of...


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